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Summer Research Institute

Scholars attend Etiquette Dinner during the 2017 SRI

What is The Summer Research Institute (SRI)?

Each summer, McNair Scholars compete for positions as McNair Fellows in the Summer Research Institute (SRI). Scholars register for a three-credit upper-level course during their Spring semester in which they learn about the research processes and write a research proposal. McNair faculty members evaluate the proposals and recommend scholars who should receive research fellowships and participate in the SRI. Each fellow completes a research project guided by their Faculty Mentor. Scholar prepare a research paper and present their research findings at conferences.

Other highlights of the fellowship are:

  • Cultural enrichment activities
  • Seminars and workshops, including GRE Preparation
  • A $2,800 stipend and room and board for the Fellowship period
  • Tuition and fees for an upper-level, three-credit,¬†independent study course
  • Networking with faculty and researchers who have earned the Ph.D. degree
  • Exposure to research facilities and state-of-the-art equipment and laboratories

The McNair Summer Research Institute is an eight-week residential experience. The McNair Fellow is expected to carry out a research project under the guidance of a Faculty Mentor. This experience is research-focused and should be the primary activity during the eight week period. The experience requires full-time participation.